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Labrador Tea

Labrador Tea Essential Oil

With its multiple benefits and varied uses, the Labrador tea essential oil is destined to become one of the most popular boreal essential oils worldwide. The aromatherapists who use it know its value.

This plant was at the top of the list of 17 plants designated by Aboriginal healers for their therapeutic benefits. For centuries, Amerindians used it infused frequently for its many properties. It is now scientifically proven that this plant is rich in active molecules.

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Technical Sheet

Common Name: Labrador Tea
Botanical Name: Ledum groenlandicum
Botanical Family: Ericaceae
Plant Component: Leaves
Extraction Process: Steam Distilation
Quality: 100% pure and natural
Certification: Organic (Ecocert)
Origin: Canada, Quebec
Shelf Life: 4 Years

Properties

Labrador Tea essential oil is recognized for these properties (1, 2, 3):

  • Liver regenerating and detoxifying
  • Expectorant, decongestant
  • Sedative, relaxing
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiallergic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Digestive
  • Antiseptic aerial (anti-bacterial)
  • Dermatological (moisturizing, astringent, purifying, detoxifying, antioxidant)

Main Areas of Use

  • Aromatherapy
  • Cosmetics & personal care
  • Food & beverage
  • Soaps & cleaning products

Aromatherapy Applications

How to use:

  • Cutaneous, massage
  • Oral way
  • Diffusion
  • Inhalation

Labrador Tea essential oil is traditionally used for (1, 2, 3):

  • Liver, kidney, ganglia, prostate affections
  • Allergies
  • Airways infections (bronchitis)
  • Digestive issues
  • Nervousness, anxiety, mental fatigue
  • Insomnia

Cosmetics, personal care and perfumery applications

Labrador Tea essential oil is used for:

  • Skin conditions (sensible, oily, acne, allergies)
  • Cosmetology (anti-aging)
  • Skin, hair and soap products
  • Itching insect bite

The properties and indications are given for information only and do not replace any medical advice. They are based on traditional use, recognized by specialists and some of them have been scientifically confirmed.

Characteristics

Organoleptic Characteristics

Aspect: Liquid
Colour: Light Yellow
Odor: Herbacious

Physical Characteristics

Specific Gravity: 0,84 - 0,91
Refractive index: 1,47 - 1,50

Major Biochemical Compounds

Sabinene 21% - 27%
β-Selinene 5% - 11%
Limonene 4% - 10%
β-Pinene 3% - 9%
α-Pinene 3% - 9%
α-Selinene 1% - 7%

Precautions and Contraindications

  • Avoided for pregnant women and children under 6 years old
  • Avoided for people on anticoagulant or coumarin treatment
  • No prolonged use without the advice of a specialist
  • It is recommended to consult a specialist for oral intake
  • Dilute for cutaneous use because of possible skin irritations
  • Risk of allergy for certain sensitive people when the essential oil is incorporated into a cosmetic composition (limonene)

References and documentation

1. FAUCON, Michel (2017). Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicale – Les huiles essentielles, Éditions Sang de la Terre, 3e édition.

2. FOLLIARD, Thierry (2016). La bible Larousse des huiles essentielles, Éditions Larousse.

3. MAILLARD, Aude & Aroma-Zone (2016). Le grand guide de l’aromathérapie et des soins beauté naturels, Éditions J’ai lu.